It was disappointing to see that persuasive writing was not an area of strong performance in the recent NAPLAN results. While pressuring students to achieve top marks in the NAPLAN tests is doing things the wrong way, they are valuable diagnostic tool when assessing entire cohorts.
When you're submitting lots of assignments, it's tempting to just copy a snippet of what someone else has said and claim that as your own work. As tempting as it is to take a short-cut, this is plagiarism.
Juan Felipe Herrera has been announced as America's new poet laureate, and he is a fantastic choice. His poems have resonance here in Australia, especially now as we struggle with the question of what it means to be a multicultural society.